WATCH: IOF Soldiers Beat Palestinian during Arrest, Camera Turns Away
Palestine News Network
May 29, 2013
The human rights organization B'tselem published on Tuesday 27th May, a footage featuring a number of Israeli soldiers and Border Guard officers beating a Palestinian man from Ramallah village during his arrest.
According to B'tselem Statement, the incident occurred in late April in the village of Silwad, located east of Ramallah in the West Bank, and was documented by a security camera belonging to the Ofra settlement.
The footage shows an Israeli soldier while arresting the Palestinian, Muhammad Da'ar Sa'ad from the village of Al-Mazra'a Al-Sharqiya, during confrontations erupted in the area back then. One of the soldiers knocked him to the ground and started beating him, and then other soldiers joined and hit the Palestinian.
The statement added, the footage was exposed due to the efforts of the Palestinian's attorney. The Military Prosecution withdrew its claim that he had thrown stones and then he was released.
Based on the footage, B'Tselem accused the operators of the camera of purposely turning it away from the incident. The human rights group further said that the footage was not transferred to the Palestinian's attorney.
B'Tselem also said the filming was disrupted while the soldiers were beating the Palestinian.